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Entertainers Who Died While Performing

List of entertainers and celebrities who died during performances. This list contains anyone who worked as a professional entertaining on stage, on radio, in film or television or elsewhere, who died while engaged in a performance, in any way. Though the majority of these entertainers suffered an injury or illness mid-performance, and died of natural causes, some were actually killed or were involved in some kind of tragic accident. Those involved in these strange incidents include "Dimebag" Darrell of the metal band Pantera, who was murdered by a gunman while performing in Ohio, or actor Vic Morrow, who memorably was killed on the set of the "Twilight Zone" film while shooting a scene set in the Vietnam War. Though the list includes performers of all kinds, it does not include stuntmen or those whose performances involved potentially life-threatening situations.

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    John Ritter died on September 11, 2003 after he fell ill on the set of his show "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter." He was rushed to the hospital where he was misdiagnosed with a heart attack. He was later found to have had an aortic dissection, but it was too late to save his life.

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    Age: Died at 55 (1948-2003)
    Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States of America
    Profession: Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
    Schools: Hollywood High School, University of Southern California
    Cause Of Death: Cardiovascular disease, Aortic dissection
    Place Of Death: Burbank, California, United States of America
    Children: Jason Ritter, Tyler Ritter, Stella Ritter, Carly Ritter
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    "The Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin died on Sept. 4, 2006 after being attacked by a stingray while filming shots for "Bindi the Jungle Girl." The stingray reportedly reacted to Irwin as if he were an attacking shark and stabbed him over 100 times with his tail.

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    Age: Died at 44 (1962-2006)
    Birthplace: Essendon, Australia
    Profession: Conservationist, Actor, Zoologist, Voice acting, Naturalist + 2 more
    Schools: Landsborough State School, Caloundra State High School
    Cause Of Death: Stingray injury
    Place Of Death: Batt Reef
    Children: Bindi Irwin, Robert Clarence Irwin
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    John Candy died of a heart attack on March 4, 1994 while on location in Mexico filming "Wagons East!." He was 43 years old.

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    Age: Died at 44 (1950-1994)
    Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada
    Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    Schools: Neil McNeil High School, Centennial College, McMaster University
    Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
    Place Of Death: Durango, Durango Municipality, Mexico
    Children: Jennifer Candy, Christopher Candy
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    Redd Foxx died on October 11, 1991 after suffering a heart attack on the set of "The Royal Family." When he first grabbed his chest, several members of the cast and crew thought that he was joking, performing the gag that he made famous on "Sanford and Son."

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    Age: Died at 69 (1922-1991)
    Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
    Schools: DuSable High School
    Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
    Place Of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Children: Debraca Denise
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    Professional wrestler Owen Hart died on May 23, 1999 after falling to his death when a stunt went wrong during a pay-per-view event. He died because of internal bleeding as a result of his injuries.

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    Age: Died at 34 (1965-1999)
    Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
    Profession: Wrestler, Actor
    Cause Of Death: Blunt trauma, Accidental fall
    Place Of Death: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America
    Children: Athena Christie Hart, Oje Edward Hart
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    On August 4, 1955, Carmen Miranda collapsed while performing on "The Jimmy Durante Show." She regained her composure and finished the performance, but she suffered a fatal heart attack the following morning.

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    Age: Died at 46 (1909-1955)
    Birthplace: Marco de Canaveses Municipality, Portugal
    Profession: Pin-up girl, Singer
    Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
    Place Of Death: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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